Arlene Wilmes age 91 of Tyler passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Pipestone Good Samaritan Home. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 27 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Arlene Ardis (Jensen) Wilmes was born May 3, 1923 to Willie and Hazel (Evans) Jensen in Hendricks Township, Lincoln County, Minnesota. At age six, Arlene went to Hendricks to live with her Grandfather Oscar Evans and Aunt Violet (Bydie) so that she could attend school. In 1932, Hazel married Daniel Zeman (Arlene’s stepfather) and they lived on a farm west of Hendricks. Arlene went to country school by the Singsass Lutheran Church and eventually received her diploma on December 8, 1981 at SMSU in Marshall, MN, at the age of 58. Arlene worked in Pipestone at Longstreet Laundry then moved and worked in Kansas City and at the Ford Plant in Independence, MO during the war. In 1944, Arlene returned to Pipestone and worked at the S & L store. On November 16, 1945 Arlene was married to Merl A. Wilmes in Tyler. While he served in the United States Army they lived in New Rochelle, NY. After Merl was honorably discharged from the service they returned to Minnesota and farmed by Russell, later buying their small farm west of Florence. They had three children Rita, Bradley, and Becky. Arlene worked at Southwest Dairy for fourteen years as a bookkeeper and for several years she and Merl mowed the cemetery near Florence and planted and took care of all the evergreen trees. Arlene was interested in learning and took several classes at SMSU in Marshall and at SDSU in Brookings, SD. Poetry was an interest and she published two books of poetry, “Seasons of My Heart” in 1983 and “Sunshine and Shadows” in 1990. Arlene was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church and enjoyed quilting. She was a member of the Danebod Ladies Aid, American Legion Auxiliary, and charter member of the Country Side Scribblers and Night Writer’s group.
Arlene is survived by her children: Bradley (Peggy) Wilmes of Tyler and Becky Serie of Marshall; grandchildren: Heather (Dwayne) Hickman of Watkins, Heidi (Jason) Oslund of Litchfield, Nicole (Daniel) Renkly of Lake Benton, Tifanie (Craig) Hess of Tyler, Tristan (Danielle) of Sherburne, Kristal of Lakeville, and Beau Serie; great grandchildren: Kayla, Melissa, Hunter, Samantha, Michael, Payton, Brooks, Braxton, Andrea, Adelynn, Morgan, Jacob, Jackson, Collin, and Bennett; great great grandchild Payton; sisters Charlotte and Danene; and brothers Dan and Jesse. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Merl, sister Delores, daughter Rita Schrum, and granddaughter Bridget Serie.